Best Spots to See Late Blooming Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2020

Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan from mid-April if you miss out the peak time

Cherry blossoms live in fleeting moments. The most common type of cherry blossoms in Japan is Somei Yoshino which in Tokyo and many cities in Japan, the peak season for viewing is for about a week from late March to early April. But if you miss the peak season of cherry blossoms in Japan during spring, it’s not the end! Because there are several amazing spots where you can enjoy late blooming cherry blossoms around mid April to even early May.

Especially in northern part of Japan since the temperature is raising slowly, but also there are kinds of cherry blossoms that start flourishing slower than regular ones. In this article, I’d like to introduce the best places to see late cherry blossoms in Japan 2020!


Hokkaido

Due to the cold weather, the peak season for cherry blossoms’ blooming usually arrives to Hokkaido a month later than in Tokyo, which is late April to early May. Hakodate Fort Goryokaku is one of the best spots in Hokkaido to enjoy cherry blossoms!

-Fort Goryokaku

Tohoku

Same as Hokkaido, because the temperature is in low in Tohoku area so the cherry blossoms bloom 2–3 weeks later than in Tokyo, which is from mid to late April. Here are two most recommended cherry blossom viewing spots in Tohoku area.

-Hirosaki City

-Kitakami Tenshochi

Tokyo

While the majority of cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo features Somei Yoshino, there are several types of cherry blossoms that start flourishing 1–2 weeks later than them.

-Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, and the amazing thing about Shinjuku Gyoen is that there are a wide variety of cherry blossoms, and some of them can be enjoyed till mid to late April.

-Showa Memorial Park

Showa Memorial Park is home to 30 kinds of Cherry trees, and some of them are late blooming comparing to regular cherry trees. Some of cherry trees at the park start flourishing from early and can be enjoyed till mid April.

Kyoto & Osaka

Kyoto and Osaka have similar blooming period as Tokyo (or slightly late) which usually is usually from late March to early April. But some types of cherry trees can be enjoyed till mid April.

-Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple is home to over 200 Omuro Cherry trees which can be enjoyed in early to mid April usually.

-Osaka Mint Bureau

The Osaka Mint Bureau is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Osaka featuring mainly Yae Zakura which peak season is usually mid April.

Map: http://bit.ly/2t4WgSV
Access: 15 mins walk from Temmabashi station (Tanimachi Subway and Keihan Main Line)
Hours: 10:00~21:00
Fee: Free

Shibazakura

It’s different type of cherry blossoms, but as spectacular as them. Shibazakura (pink moss in English) start blooming from mid April and can be enjoyed till mid May. There are two spectacular Pink Moss festivals available around Tokyo.

-Fuji Shibazakura Festival

-Hitsujiyama Park